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New Ford Focus RS previewed to car loans customers

The new Ford Focus RS will be previewed this month at the London Motor Show.

The new Ford Focus RS will be previewed this month at the London Motor Show.

It will be the second Focus model to carry the RS mantle, in what the manufacturer describes as a welcome return for the badge.

The car is finished in bright green metallic paint, a modern interpretation of the 1970s Le Mans Green, with the interior using the same colour as an accent.

At the heart of the vehicles is a specially developed turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, which early performance testing indicates is capable of zero to 62mph in under six seconds.

John Fleming, Ford of Europe president and chief executive officer, adds: "RS is uniquely important to us in terms of our performance heritage and World Rally Championship success, while the Focus has played a major part in establishing Ford’s excellent reputation for driving dynamics.

"The all-new Focus RS will embrace and celebrate both of these – it will be a genuine RS and a genuine Focus and I’m confident it won’t disappoint in either area."

In 2004 the Ford Focus was Britain's favourite car for the sixth successive year.

The new Focus RS will go on sale in early 2009.

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